Downtown Transformation Begins

Big changes at Memorial Square

Downtown Barrie starts getting a facelift starting today. Work on the reconstruction of Memorial Square and Meridian Place, which will include a bandshell and better connections with downtown and the waterfront, begins with the permanent closure of Fred Grant Street as of today (June 1). Meridin place will be a venue that accommodates large events and showcases local talent. Other features include:

  • The installation of storm sewers and sanitary sewers
  • Poured concrete structures including fountains, retaining walls, planters and walking surfaces
  • Historic reference to the 9 Mile Portage
  • The relocation of the cenotaph to make it the central focus of the square
  • A turning circle will be incorporated at the end of Chase MacEachern Way

You may encounter delays on Dunlop Street as the work progresses.  Completion expected by next spring.